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(Sam Katz, in 2010 file photo)

Sam Katz Resigns from PICA, Vague On Future Mayoral Plans

Could onetime mayoral candidate Sam Katz run again for mayor next year?

02/19/2014

(The PICA board meets on September 17th to consider the City of Philadelphia's five-year spending plan.  It was approved unanimously.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

State Oversight Agency OKs Philadelphia’s Five-Year Budget Plan

The five members of PICA -– the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority -– voted unanimously to approve Mayor Nutter’s long-range budget despite misgivings over the slim surpluses and the looming cost of new union contracts.

09/17/2013

(The board of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority meets with Philadelphia budgeting officials.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Oversight Agency Postpones Approval Vote on Phila. Five-Year Budget

PICA Board chairman Sam Katz says he wants more information from the Nutter administration about money the city would have to set aside for unresolved municipal labor contracts.

07/30/2013

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Katz Thinks AVI Could Send Young Families Packing For The Burbs

Katz voiced concern that sticker shock could be in store for young families who bought in to gentrifying neighborhoods. “And if en masse large numbers of them put ‘For Sale’ signs out, it’s going to drive the value of housing down,” Katz said.

01/23/2013

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Controversial City Agency Gets Name Change

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, said Shakespeare, and that may be true at Philadelphia City Hall, where an old acronym for a city agency is getting replaced with a new one.

01/20/2013

PICA Board Meeting (Credit: Mike Dunn)

PICA Approves Nutter’s Budget Despite Some Doubts

By a 4-to-1 vote, PICA signed off on Mayor Nutter’s five-year budget plan.

09/06/2012

(PICA Chairman Sam Katz, third from right, said the state agency's vote on Mayor Nutter's long-range budget will be delayed until September. credit: Mike Dunn)

PICA Board Delays Vote On Nutter’s Long-Range Budget

Aides to Mayor Nutter on Thursday spelled out a long list of cuts, including layoffs, that they say would be needed if the city loses its appeal of an arbitrator’s award to firefighters. The move prompted the PICA board to delay its vote on Nutter’s long-range budget.

08/09/2012

(File photo.  Credit: Tony Hanson)

For First Time Ever, PICA Might Reject City’s 5-Year Financial Plan

If the city is not able to submit a plan that is eventually approved by PICA – the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority – it risks losing its state funding.

08/08/2012

FILE PHOTO (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter To Reveal Latest Long-Range Budget Outlook This Week

City Council passed a budget last month, but the Nutter Administration’s financial woes are from over. This coming week the mayor must deliver a long-range spending plan to state officials.

07/22/2012

(Philadelphia fire chief Lloyd Ayers, at head of table, listens as mayor's chief of staff Everett Gillison, third from left, makes a point to the PICA board.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Nutter Aide Disputes Finding of Widespread Racism in Phila. Fire Dept.

Everett Gillison disputes a recent report that the Philadelphia Fire Department is “rife with racial division.”

03/20/2012

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Philadelphia Kicks Off A Month of Educational Scrabble-Playing

October is “Philly Plays Scrabble Month,” and game events are being held at various schools and recreation centers around the city.

10/06/2011

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Sam Katz Revives Idea Of Selling Philadelphia Airport And PGW

Should cash-strapped Philadelphia City Hall sell off the airport or PGW? Those aren’t new ideas, but a prominent political figure is giving them new life.

07/27/2011

(Mayor Michael Nutter.  File photo)

Philadelphia’s Five-Year Budget Plan Gets OK’d By State Agency

Mayor Michael Nutter’s long-range budget has been approved by the state agency that watches over the city’s spending. But that approval came with some misgivings.

07/26/2011

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PICA Chairman Katz Questions Nutter’s Long-Range Budget

Former mayoral candidate Sam Katz, now settled in to his new role as head of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, is already raising questions about Mayor Nutter’s new long-range budget.

03/31/2011

(Credit: Timothy McLaughlin)

Philadelphia Budget Talks With A Twist

Mayor Nutter’s current budget proposal may get thrown out because of budget cuts at the state level.

03/22/2011

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